To become certified, candidates must meet all eligibility criteria at the time they complete the application, submit all fees, and successfully pass the certification examination. No person shall be excluded from the opportunity to participate in the MSNCB certification program on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, affiliation, or disability. To be eligible to participate in the examination, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Hold a current, full, and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States or its territories, or Hold a current, full, and unrestricted license as a first-level nurse in the country in which one’s nursing education was completed, and meet the eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States in accordance with the requirements of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
- Have practiced a minimum of two (2) calendar years as a registered nurse (RN) in an adult medical-surgical setting.
- Have accrued a minimum of 2,000 hours of practice within the past three (3) years of practice in an adult medical-surgical setting.
Any exception to these criteria will be handled on a case by case basis according to the Appeals Policy.